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States Where ATVs are Street Legal 2024

States Where ATVs are Street Legal 2024

States That Allow Street Legal ATVs

Required Equipment To Make An ATV Street Legal

  • Rear View Mirror
  • Side View Mirrors
  • Rear-Facing Tag Holder (With Light) & Tag
  • A Horn Audible Up To 250 ft
  • Front And Rear Turn Signals
  • High And Low Beam Headlights
  • Tail Light
  • Brake Lights
  • Rear Reflectors
  • Windshield Or Suitable Eye Protection
  • Speedometer

Other Considerations for ATVs on Public Roads

Although they are not considered automobiles, cars, or trucks - these vehicles are still regularly maintained and observed by the law. Only the above states on the list allow the use of these vehicles if they are considered "street legal" through some modifications. As can be ascertained from the list, this is largely due to the necessity of open desert, plains, or extremely rough terrain that does not allow the passage of other vehicles on a normal basis. Restricting these vehicles in an open state with a lower metropolitan presence would severely impact the transportation methods of many citizens, and some consider this to be unconstitutional or unfair.

Further to making your street vehicle legal, you must also have insurance. Driving on state-maintained roads with a police or sheriff's presence would usually mean you will need proper automobile insurance to ride legally. This would also mean that the license plate, sticker, and overall registration of the approved vehicle need to be properly recorded - with an up-to-date driver's license. Your local DMV can answer any questions, including classifying and endorsing a motorcycle class. They may also be able to answer if your vehicle needs to undergo a safety and emissions test.

Why are ATVs Not Allowed In Some States?

Generally, states with large cities and heavily metropolitan buildings do not permit the use of all-terrain vehicles. This also may mean that if you live in these states but are away from the "central hub,” your local and even state laws can permit the use of these vehicles in some cases where roads are rough or are not entirely present. Even in the states that allow these vehicles, they are often controlled where they can be used - downtown areas are almost always prohibited.

Alaska, for example, severely limits the use of these vehicles throughout the entire state. Although it is not known to be a highly metropolitan area, it is only allowed if road conditions permit. For example, the vehicle can be used if you are in an area that does not have access to major highways and most roads are not maintained properly. Further, if frequent snowfall has rendered a more traditional automobile useless, then ATVs and UTVs can be used if they are street-legal. In this way, ATVs can be used if they intuitively make sense to the region and the usual weather of the state.

States Where ATVs are Street Legal 2024

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ATV Street Legality
ArizonaLegalneeds to be registered and have license plate
ArkansasLegalmust be at least 12+ have spark arrestor/muffler sys
CaliforniaLegalonly in specific conditions (bad weather, etc)
ColoradoLegalmust add safety features
FloridaLegalon unpaved roads during the day at >35 mph
IdahoLegalmust have license plate, insurance, muffler, spark arrestor
IowaLegal2022: under 35 mph, not on interstates, 18+
KansasLegalrequire title and registration, cities under 15,000
LouisianaLegalonly on the shoulder of the road
MassachusettsLegalmust add safety equipment, 16.5+
MichiganLegal18+, not on interstates, up to 25 mph
MinnesotaLegalinsurance, rearview mirror
MontanaLegalmust have muffler, brake lights, headlights,
North DakotaLegalnot on interstates
OhioLegalon 35 mph roads
OklahomaLegaldecided by individual counties
South DakotaLegalrequires safety equipment
UtahLegalunder 50 mph, no interstates, only specific roads
WashingtonLegalinspection, safety features, 35 mph limit
WyomingLegalmust get permits, safety features, ride on right if low speed
New HampshireIllegal
New JerseyIllegal
New MexicoIllegal
New YorkIllegal
North CarolinaIllegal
Rhode IslandIllegal
South CarolinaIllegal
West VirginiaIllegal
Connecticutonly in specific conditions (bad weather, etc)
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How many states allow ATVs?

ATVs are street legal in 20 states.

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